The Orvis Company has appointed the first non-owner company president in the history of the brand. Ray McCready was promoted from VP of merchandising and retail to president of the 150-year old company. Before joining Orvis, McCready was the vice president of the international division at Eddie Bauer where he served in a variety of capacities from 1979 to 2001.
“Ray will be the first President of Orvis in our 150 year history who has not been an owner of the business, so obviously this is not a decision the board of directors took lightly,” said Orvis CEO Leigh H. âPerkâ Perkins. “Ray has a unique understanding of our brand, the loyalty and respect of our associates, and an exciting vision for the future of our company.”
Perk Perkins will remain as chief executive officer and Dave Perkins remains as vice-chairman. The Perkins family purchased the Orvis Company in 1965.
The company also announced that Brian Gowen, the company's chief financial officer will now also take on the role of chief operating officer. Gowen joined The Orvis Company in 2002 after serving as co-president and COO of Garnet Hill.